By Glenn Rose
Republicans, hoping to regain the Senate and presidency this fall, are vilifying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as something bad for America. Reps.Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Bob Goodlatte and Eric Cantor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Senate hopeful George Allen and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney want voters to elect Republicans so the act can be repealed.
Central to their objections is the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. It calls for a penalty for those who choose not to purchase their own health coverage. Opponents see this as government requiring people to buy a product. The fact is, we’re already required to buy several products, Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) being one.
Rose is a licensed health insurance professional in Rockbridge County.